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From the Dean's Desk

I am delighted to write to you from the College of Letters & Science, the heart of UW-Madison where students learn to make a good living and lead a good life. When I think of the contributions that our departments make to the University, the state and the world, through research, teaching and public service, I am reminded why I have spent 30 of my happiest and most rewarding years here.

As you have heard, public higher education is at a crossroads. State support for this university now only comprises 15 percent of our annual budget. I have asked all departments to carefully consider innovations that give us new tools and strategies for ensuring a world-class 21st-century education.

The Center for Law, Society and Justice has truly risen to this challenge. Center Director Howard Erlanger has created a collaborative environment where faculty and academic staff members from a variety of disciplines combine their expertise to create forward-thinking Legal Studies and Criminal Justice programs.

The Center has also remained steadfast in its commitment to the Wisconsin Idea. Through its internship program, students spend more than 26,000 hours in the community, making a difference while learning vital career lessons. The Center's mentoring programs also allow students to explore different career possibilities while making valuable professional connections. Alumni and friends should feel proud of the Center's contributions to the student experience at UW-Madison.

I invite you to stay connected to your alma mater. I appreciate your feedback and support and I want to thank you for all that you do.

On, Wisconsin!

Gary Sandefur, Dean

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